The U.S. military does not plan to conduct any joint operations with Russia in Syria to liberate Raqqa from the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, prohibited in Russia as a terrorist organisation), said “Interfax” a senior administration official the President of the United States.
“We do not plan any operations with Russia for the joint liberation of Raqqa from ISIS control. In Syria, we remain focused on equipping and mobilizing local forces who are motivated to fight against IG”, — said the representative of the White house to the Agency.
The interlocutor of the Agency added that “limited tactical discussions with Russia” continue, but they do not aim at joint action, and to avoid “contradictions in our military efforts in Syria.” “They focused on questions about where not to strike, and on the avoidance of incidents. No joint operations we do not plan”, — he added.
U.S. officials emphasized that “this debate between offices, not between the military”.
Earlier Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Oleg Syromolotov said that the military authorities of Russia and the United States discuss the coordination of actions for the liberation of the Syrian city of raqqa from is militants.
Readiness to coordinate with the Americans, the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said on 13 March. “We are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans, because raqqa is the Eastern part of Syria, and there is active mostly American coalition,” the Minister said in an interview with REN TV.
The release of ancient Palmyra, which took place with the active support of the Russian group in Syria, has opened the way for an attack on Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, which the Islamists called the capital of the Caliphate.